Hello Mike, thanks for being with us today and telling readers more about your Jack Trader series and yourself as a writer. Let’s start, as I have lots of questions for you today:
Treasure hunters threaten the discovery of the single remaining Anasazi village deep in the Mesa Verde area of SW Colorado. Jack Trader, the main character, and Ranger Samantha Baker must stop the men even when their own lives are threatened. The Anasazi, the coyote people, have the capability to transform if they are forced to protect themselves.
Research about Noah’s Ark led to the writing of my debut novel, “The Nestorian Alliance“.
This second novel, “Treasure of the Anasazi“, is a continuation of the Jack Trader series. My research of the Mesa Verde / Durango area gave the inspiration to write this book.
Not specifically, but I’m sure my personal experiences find their way into the characters.
Treasure of the Anasazi by Michael Watson in a YouTube Book Trailer:
Jack Trader is the leading character and my favorite. He always strives to do the right thing and will take personal risk to protect those around him. He is not perfect. He still struggles with his relationship with Samantha.
“Darn awesome. I felt like I didn’t want to put it down.”
It’s not based on any one person’s real-life event(s), but does try to reflect real situations, dialogue and real character actions.
He writes realistic interactions and natural flowing dialogue.
The writing process cannot be rushed.
One of my favorite parts of the process is the research.
My least favorite is the revising and re-reading over and over and over. Oh yeah. Marketing is a real pain too. It takes away from writing.
I enjoyed the last scene when (spoiler alert) Jack and Sam may finally come back together.
I’ve never written a western, but I am now in the process of writing one based on research I stumbled upon at the historical museum at Durango, CO while researching this book.
After receiving a huge pile of rejections from every agent and publisher I queried by snail mail or email, and failed pitches at numerous writer’s conferences, I took the leap to self-publish. The experience through CreateSpace has been very positive. The downside is the amount of time necessary to market.
Write what you are interested in. Don’t follow trends. Establish good writing habits.
Being able to research and write about what interests me. The schedule to write is my own, however, the more structured, the better.
Hired a great designer (Laura Wright LaRoche) for the book cover. First impression is extremely important, even though we are told not to judge a book by its cover.
I didn’t start writing seriously until I was 50 years of age.
My blog on http://www.adventurewithmike.com/mikes-books-etc.html